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Old 03-22-2011, 10:33 PM   #1
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Post your engine pics!

This might get a bit boring after a while, but it'd be nice to attach an engine to a fanatic...



I would've posted higher res, but I lost the originals.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:35 PM   #2
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Dame..very clean engine you got there
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did you used the water hose method to clean your engine bay? or took your time detailing it?
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:51 PM   #8
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did you used the water hose method to clean your engine bay? or took your time detailing it?
The water drops were because I washed my car after and the water dripped off of the hood. I used a toothbrush and simple green for the engine bay.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:03 PM   #9
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whats the best method for really cleaning out the engine bay well? sorry for the thread jack , but didnt want to start one for this
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:10 PM   #11
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Lots of water. Toothbrushes. Simple green.
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so the water cant damage anything? i know its dumb, but i always like to be sure before i try something new
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It could if you direct it towards certain areas. Cover your alternator and DME box with plastic if working with water--not necessary but a good precaution. Cars are designed to run in downpours and in more than 12" of water. You will be fine.
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so the water cant damage anything? i know its dumb, but i always like to be sure before i try something new
YES IT CAN. Don't blast your engine with a hose. Bad bad bad and even more bad idea. Use water precisely with the tooth brush or any similar brush and simple green.
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i think i will just play it safe and avoid the hose for now. i shall post some pics when i find time to really get it cleaned up
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I've pressure-washed my past 6 BMW engine bays without any issues whatsoever, along with various other makes/models. You just have to be precise with the nozzle and avoid spraying critical areas directly. Even then, I doubt any damage would occur. Electronic components in engine bays are sealed a lot better than you'd think.
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i think i will just play it safe and avoid the hose for now. i shall post some pics when i find time to really get it cleaned up
Ive used the hose before and covered safe spots with tin foil, worked great, but i was still paranoid.

Next time in just gonna douse it with WD-40 and wipe with a cloth.
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